[cabf_validation] Given Name and Surname

Kurt Roeckx kurt at roeckx.be
Wed May 25 10:09:15 MST 2016

On Wed, May 25, 2016 at 06:35:48PM +0200, Kurt Roeckx wrote:
> On Wed, May 25, 2016 at 10:59:39AM +0000, Jeremy Rowley wrote:
> > Does everyone have a givenName?  I figured at least one of the two fields must be present, right? 
> I would say there is no such guarantee that a person has givenName.
> Some people actually don't have a name, others have multiple
> names.  Things can get really complicated.  Just assume that
> anything you know about names, someone can come up with an example
> that it's not the case.
> It would be much better if there was just a simple "name" field.
> That being said, given that we have an existing givenName and surname
> field, it's unlikely that we'll add an other fields for that, and
> having either of those should be enough.
> But it would still be nice to have a "name" field where it's
> written in the proper order.  And I guess that's commonName.

I should probably add that obviously commonName can't be used for
that in all cases because it must match one of the SANs, and for
BR certificates that of course can only be a dNSName or iPAddress.


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